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Haiti - Diplomacy : Official Position of Haiti on the Dominican decision
Position of the Haitian Government on the sentence TC/0168/13, adopted by the Dominican Constitutional Court
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents its compliments to the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Haiti and has the honor to set by the present the position of the Haitian Government on the sentence TC/0168/13 passed by the Dominican Constitutional Court dated 23 September 2013, which could put a considerable number of citizens Dominicans of Haitian descent in situation of statelessness.
As well as members of diaspora naturally keep links with their country of origin, it is equally natural that a State of origin feels concerned by the threats that the son and daughters of the Diaspora face. This is legitimately the case for the Republic of Haiti and, for the administration Martelly-Lamothe it is firmly important.
Haitian Chancellery expresses its strong disagreement with the sentence in question, which is in clear violation of international commitments subscribed to by all countries, including the Dominican Republic, in terms of human rights and even some general principles of law generally accepted by all civilized nations.
This judgment of the Constitutional Court Dominican also goes against the decision taken by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on 8 September 2005 in Case "Yean and Bosico." It is disturbing that people who have always been considered as Dominicans, who actively participated in the political life of their country as voters or elected, today see their status changed on the basis of a decision retroactive.
This sentence constitutes a bad precedent, not only for the Dominican society, but also for all the nations of the American continent and the world in general, because of the legal uncertainty that it admits in the progress of societies over time.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deeply regrets that Haitians and their Dominican descendants, who have contributed significantly to the current progress of the Dominican Republic by their work and sacrifices are now treated as foreigners in transit.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites the Dominican authorities to approach in a objective and fair manner the question of the place of Dominicans of Haitian descent in the Dominican society.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Haiti the assurances of its highest consideration."
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